No one wants mold in their homes. Aside from the health risks and property damage, homeowners can find the presence of mold to be embarrassing. But according to the CDC, there is “always some mold everywhere - in the air and on many surfaces. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold grows where there is moisture.”
What’s important is to deal with immediately upon discovery, and take any steps you can to control and prevent mold growth whenever possible. Recommended steps are:
- Control humidity levels – keep them as low as possible, no higher than 50% all day long by using an air conditioner and dehumidifier.
- Promptly fix leaking roofs, windows, and pipes preventing the dampness that mold grows well in
- Ensure that you have proper ventilation in your homes with exhaust fans and dryer vents that vent outside your home
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding as quickly as possible; 24-48 hours
- If carpets and upholstery cannot be dried promptly, don’t wait to replace them. Consider using materials that won’t absorb liquid in places like bathrooms or basements that are prone to moisture.
If there is mold in your home, seek out professional assistance to ensure that the root of the problem is discovered and fully removed before you begin the restoration process. If there is a remnant left, it could result in a recurring problem and a greater expense. It is important during the mold removal process that proper testing is done to ensure that all traces have been removed.
Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.